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I recently inherited a lot of silverplate spoons forks etc. Got a lot of ideas!! Also the usual bracelet and ring thing. I have arthritis in my hands and can't bend all these pieces without softening them but I've never annealed silverplate. I thought I could spare the life of a spoon or two perhaps by asking advise before plunging in. Any experience with silverplate heirlooms?

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I don't recommend it Caroline, Even if you coat them with a  boric acid/ alcohol solution it usually has to be repolished & plated to attain the new look again just polishing usually doesn't last the plating, usually tripple plating is needed to assure durability.

If you have a lot of duplicates you might try wrapping one in a cloth before bending, hopefully the plating won't crack you might enlist the help of a strong friend or spring for a bending tool, might even be able to find one at a pawn shop, or make a pipe bender work.

Good luck & let me know how it turns out.
Chris

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Chris Eilertsen

Expertise

I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.

Experience

20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Organizations
Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

Past/Present Clients
Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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